Texas OGAP to hold meeting to provide feedback on Texas oversight of drilling/fracking.

September 24, 2010 • Alan Septoff

Last year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality established a new policy for reporting gas drilling odors. It doesn't concern itself with water pollution or anything underground. Just the air.

Eight months later, the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project wants to check in with TCEQ -- and the people affected -- to show them how effective this new policy is.

We need to clean up old uranium messes, and make sure we have rules to prevent new ones, before we mine more uranium

September 24, 2010 • Lauren Pagel

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources conducted a hearing concerning H.R. 4817. The bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 and give uncertified States and Indian tribes authority to use payments to take care of certain noncoal (i.e. uranium) reclamation projects.

TCEQ sees no evil in current gas industry oversight. Texas family sees otherwise.

September 23, 2010 • Alan Septoff

Last year, after concerted pressure demonstrating that its non-regulation of natural gas extraction and infrastructure industry was harming its citizens, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced new policies to protect Texas citizens from irresponsible companies.

Eight months later, EARTHWORKS' Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is going to hold a public meeting to review how those new policies are doing. But TCEQ doesn t want to participate.

Look before you lease! (and after, too)

September 22, 2010 • Nadia Steinzor

We're holding workshops in Pennsylvania and Ohio for landowners considering leasing or who have already leased, and anyone concerned about surface owner rights, leasing, and the impacts of gas development. [registration info after the jump]

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